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Bang-Bang Maybe You’re Dead

It’s not just cops who can confuse real guns with toys, and last week a crafty defense lawyer used a toy gun to get serious gun charges against his client…

Three Tragedies

Three Tragedies

Three tragedies were in court last week. The first was Sparrow Browne-Steel who got four years and eight months for the vehicular manslaughter of her cousin and her dearest friend…

Helping Out Disabled Senior Citizens

Crystal Aikens had her day in court, a bunch of days that took up most of last week. The old girl seemed to revel in being the center of attention,…

Mommy Dearest

Last Tuesday, July 28th, in what might be called a local sign of the apocalypse, joint child molesters, Charles Griswould and Jacqueline Vanbezooyen-Scarlet, were both, at long last, put away…

The Right To Bear Arms

Danilo Zacapa-Diaz was living happily ever after in Anderson Valley after a felony bust 10 years ago. He had a wife and family of three kids and another on the…

Shepherds & Pot Growers

Shepherds & Pot Growers

Mrs. Witt sounded a little like Zsa Zsa Gabor in Green Acres, a 1970s parody of a rich couple who moved from a penthouse to a hardscrabble farmstead. It sounded…

Bike Roulette On Mendo Roads

Bike Roulette On Mendo Roads

Gabriel Ray, the young man who mowed down five bicyclists on the Old Ukiah Road between Hopland and Ukiah last winter, has been bound over for trial after a lengthy…

Law & Disorder

Law & Disorder

It is alleged that Frank and Patricia Thomas had five greenhouses full of marijuana plants, 2,648 in all, 527 pounds of processed bud, 212 pounds of shake — which used…

Three Sentencings

Timothy Abshire was held to answer and bound over for trial on three felony counts last week, the most prominent being count one, the attempted murder of a police officer.…

The Charmer

The Charmer

The suave, ineffable James Perkins bowed out last week. Took his leave, as it were, from his lovely wife and beloved hometown of Ukiah. Went on a kind of sabbatical,…

Family Feud, Covelo Style

A family feud in Covelo is no hokey-jokey television show, friends. Covelo people have been killed in feuds that have gone on for generations, some of them inside families. Last…

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